As most Caribbean islands now have a mixture of African, Asian, Middle Eastern and European heritage the resulting art is a hybrid of all of these diverse influences. Caribbean artists now combine and adapt all of these influences to create their own unique and distinct styles, but they also all share a unity in their art through their portrayal of the physical, social and cultural elements of the Caribbean environment. The following four artists are the perfect example of this fusion.
Wendy Collins – St. Eustatius
Wendy Collins is an American ex-pat living a quiet life of painting on the island of St. Eustatius.
After obtaining a long art education, she began her professional career as an artist in the 1970’s when she started painting portraits at a hotel in St. Martin. Collin’s paintings, many of which are portraits, are straightforward in their style and capture faces and personalities.
Her nature scenes, on the other hand, are quite euphoric, conveying deeper spiritual elements in the still life portrayals. Collins’ work often contrasts natural colours with bright ones, making each stand out in its own respect